Frequently Asked Questions

About Us

We, the i-Race organizers, are runners who are alumni of various Indian Institutes of Technology. While many of us are amateur in our running abilities, we are serious and passionate about our interest in running. Along with our busy professional careers, we participate in many road races around the world. Some of the recent races have been the marathons and half-marathons in Amsterdam, Lausanne, Ladakh, Mumbai, New Delhi, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Pune, and Pondicherry. And on horizon are marathons in Jungfrau (Switzerland), Istanbul and Kathmandu. Send an e-mail to the Website Manager if you are interested in participating or if you want to suggest some races to our group.

The i-Race organizers also run a mailing list for IIT alumni around the world, interested in training, diet, gear and other issues related to running. If you are an IIT alumnus / alumna interested in such topics, send a blank e-mail to the List Moderator to get added to the mailing list.

We consider i-Race, as a concept, should belong to all the health and fitness enthusiasts around the world. In that sense, it is as much your race as it is ours. And we need your help to make i-Race a big success, now and in future.

The biggest shortcoming we face is the lack of exposure in media for this event. With media coverage comes the sponsorships and thereby, better facilities, souvenirs and support to the participants. Please read the second half of the About Us section that describes how i-Race is supporting latent Indian talent and medal hopes. So in case you have contacts with any media professionals, help us connect with them.

Finally, if you have like-minded friends around the globe, please forward the i-Race link to them, who are welcome to forward it to others. As you can note from the Frequently Asked Questions section, i-Race can be conducted in any part of the world. We would be very happy to host an i-Race, in conjunction with your friends, in their towns, too. Maybe, you could challenge your friends scattered around the globe for a friendly race, using i-Race as the platform.

Higher Calling

While running is a hobby for us, we also envisage the role of a facilitator for runners more gifted than us. Recently, we have started looking for raw talent in distance-running amongst Indian youngsters. We plan to groom and equip such youngsters in the hope that one day, they make India proud on international fora such as the Olympics.

Our first talent pick is Stanzin Otzal, a young 17-year old schoolboy from Leh, Ladakh, who came out of nowhere to win the Great Tibetian Marathon on 18-Jul-2009 beating international marathon veterans. We are funding his gear, training and participation in Airtel Delhi Half-Marathon 2009 and Mumbai Marathon 2010.

We intend to help more youngsters who have the desire, talent and spirit to shine. If you know any such exceptionally talented youngsters or would like to help in this mission, contact our Chief Talent Scout.